Jewel Tower

LOCATION

LONDON SW1P, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS

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The Jewel Tower dates back almost 650 years and is an intriguing visitor attraction in the heart of Westminster. It was built around 1365 to house Edward III’s treasures and was known as the ‘King’s Privy Wardrobe’. One of only two buildings from the medieval Palace of Westminster to survive the fire of 1834, the tower features a 14th-century ribbed vault. An exhibition covering all three floors of the tower highlights the tower's history and changing role over the centuries. Features include a model of the 'lost' medieval palace of Westminster, replicas of precious objects and areas of set dressing including an 18th-century clerk's office.

Jewel Tower
Abingdon Street, Westminster, LONDON, SW1P 3JX

Features

Facilities
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
Accessibility
  • Access to second floor exhibition can only be reached by climbing a narrow spiral staircase, no area for drop off at entrance
  • Facilities: Portable ramp available, wheelchair access to gifts shop & coffee shop
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open Apr-Sep, daily 10-6; 1-30 Oct, daily 10-5; 31 Oct-Mar, Sat-Sun, 10-4. Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan

About the area

Discover London

The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.

London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.

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